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The Gaelic Maundeville (Author: John Maundeville)

paragraph 36

Of Cyprus

And thence men go to the isle of Cyprus, where groweth an excellent wine, which is red at first and white finally, and the part of it that is whitest is clearest and best of smell. And thence to a great city Satalax. A man in that land had an exceeding great love for a woman, and the woman died and was buried in a tomb of marble. And one night the man went, and opened the tomb, and lay with her, and afterwards left the tomb and went forward. At the end of nine months from that night the voice came to him and said: ‘Go to the same sepulchre, and open it, and see what thou wilt get from the same woman, and if thou go not, a great evil will befall thee.’ Then he went, and opened the tomb and beheld a hideous form rising out of it; and on seeing it he fled, and a stream of water leaped after him out of the tomb, and surrounded the city, and without delay drowned it and the greater part of the country.